Are Awnings Waterproof?

Most awnings are weather-resistant and will withstand light showers, while certain awning types are designed to be waterproof and can help to protect your patio area. Referred to as pergola awnings, or waterproof awnings, they protect against high winds and heavy rainfall, and give you more time to enjoy your patio or balcony area.

The awning fabric has it’s own unique properties, which increase longevity, and provide added protection against rain, light and changes in temperature. This means you continue to enjoy your awning without the risk of it becoming damaged.

Waterproof Awnings

Waterproof awnings are often fitted with two front posts, helping to stabilise the awning and making it ideal for combatting unreliable British weather. The slender design of each post complements the design of the cassette, creating an elegant feature which can be used all year round.

Unlike a retractable awning, waterproof awnings will also prevent the ‘pooling’ of water in the awning fabric, using unique design features to get rid of excess rain water. The Markilux Pergola 110 / 210 is a popular example of a waterproof awning with an adjustable front support so that you can manually drain water, which is particularly useful after a heavy rainstorm. So whether you’ve popped to the shops, or left for a long weekend away, your awning can remain extended without the risk of damage. 

Markilux Pergola Awning

Mrs Edwards sitting underneath her Markilux Pergola waterproof awning in Silverdale, Cumbria.


  • Optimal rain protection
  • Sturdy construction for high wind stability
  • Large projections for extending areas
  • Generous shade protection
  • Extensive accessories including LED lighting, heating, radio control and sensors

Substantial Protection

A pergola awning is the complete all-weather solution. On sunny days it can provide a cool breeze throughout your home, helping you to relax and take a break from the heat, while also protecting against prolonged rainfall. Giving you valuable piece of mind against unpredictable weather conditions.

Each pergola awning Roché provides has its own unique characteristics, with technical features that can be more suited to complex building projects. Sophisticated customisation options allow for increased sun protection and privacy, with no compromise needed on style or functionality. The Erhardt Lamella awning can even achieve complete impermeability by using adjustable blades to create a fully waterproof area. Use the awning to create an extra room for entertaining family and friends, or to protect expensive patio furniture which might otherwise be exposed.

Waterproof Fabrics

Awning fabrics can provide further protection against bad weather, using a water-resistant coating to help repel water. Special collections like the Markilux Perla range have been designed specifically to increased protection against rain, using high tech fabrics to create a transparent coating which is pleasing to the eye.

Both Weinor and Markilux use high-quality polyester and acrylic fabric for all their awnings, particularly with fabric roof awnings in mind, relying on its excellent resistance against rain along with its high level of sun protection. This helps stop harmful UV rays from entering your property and keeps your family protected even when the sun is at its highest point.


  • Water impermeability at 14° pitch
  • UPF 50+ ratings for UV protection
  • Vibrant and stylish fabric designs
  • Maintains shape and colour
  • Variety of patterns and designs

To find your perfect awning, speak to our team about a free site survey and start exploring your outdoor area.